Designs for Life Presents: Futures in Fashion Seminar

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Budding Julien Macdonalds and Vivienne Westwoods are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the tricks of the fashion trade, thanks to the innovative work of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cultural Services team.

Designs for Life was launched by Cultural Services to offer those aged 16 and over the chance to access pathways to creative and cultural industries, including fashion design, journalism, music production, design and more.

The groundbreaking scheme will offer its next opportunity on Wednesday, March 7, with a free seminar aimed at those who wish to learn about the many jobs within the fashion industry, including a panel of industry experts.

One special guest set to take part in the event is Welsh fashion designer Jayne Pierson, who has previously worked with Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and has just presented her fifth signature collection at London Fashion Week.

Cited as a ‘New Talent’ by Vogue Italia in both 2009 and 2010, Pierson graduated from the University of Glamorgan and has designed for Platinum-selling artists La Roux and Florence and The Machine, and is considered a rising star of British fashion.

Other guests set to take part include Tracy Pritchard, Head of Fashion and Retail at the Atrium (Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries), editor Gwyneth Moore and Nicola Smart, Head Designer for the brand Bedroom Athletics.

Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is always looking for relevant and innovative ways to ensure its young residents have access to the information and support they need when it comes to accessing the career of their dreams.

“What better way for budding fashion designers in our county borough to learn about the industry and be inspired and motivated than from someone local who has gone on to design for the best in the world?!”

Futures in Fashion from the Council’s Cultural Services Team takes place at the Nantgarw campus of the University of Glamorgan from 11am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, March 7. Places are limited, so make sure you book yours as soon as possible via

Find out more about Designs for Life by visiting


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